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The one thing rich parents do for their kids that makes all the difference [Washington Post]

Wednesday, May 11, 2016  
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Rich vs. Poor


New research published in the American Sociological Review looked at income segregation patterns across neighborhoods in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. From 1990 to 2010, income segregation among families rose by roughly 20 percent. However, this rise in income segregation was almost entirely caused by families with children. Since 1990, income segregation hasn’t actually changed much among households without kids, yet by 2010, income segregation was twice as high among families with children.


Traditionally, advocates of integrated schools have argued that we should use housing policy to address educational inequalities – by building affordable housing in good school districts and breaking down exclusionary housing policies. However, the report suggests that this solution may never work – that we will never have integrated neighborhoods if the schools are segregated. Rather, the report suggests advocates should consider finding ways to integrate schools in order to take some of the exclusivity out of certain neighborhoods.


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